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Bacon is throughout, and especially in his essays, one of the most suggestive authors who ever wrote.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

A man of letters is often a man with two natures,--one a book nature, the other a human nature. These often clash sadly.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

A writer who attempts to live on the manufacture of his imagination is continually coquetting with starvation.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

Every author, indeed, who really influence's the mind, who plants in it thoughts and sentiments which take root and grow, communicates his character. Error and immorality--two words for one thing, for error is the immorality of the intellect; and immorality the error of the heart--these escape from him if they are in him, and pass into the recipient mind through subtle avenues invisible to consciousness.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

The familiar writer is apt to be his own satirist. Out of his own mouth is he judged.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

There is a natural disposition with us to judge an author's personal character by the character of his works. We find it difficult to understand the common antithesis of a good writer and a bad man.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

This dull product of a scoffer's pen.
      - William Wordsworth, Excursion (bk. II)

Smooth verse, inspired by no unlettered Muse.
      - William Wordsworth, Excursion (V, 262)

Authors now find, as once Achilles found, the whole is mortal if a part's unsound.
      - Edward Young

Some write, confin'd by physic; some, by debt;
  Some, for 'tis Sunday; some, because 'tis wet; . . . .
    Another writes because his father writ,
      And proves himself a bastard by his wit.
      - Edward Young, Epistles to Mr. Pope
         (ep. I, l. 75)

An author! 'tis a venerable name!
  How few deserve it, and what numbers claim!
    Unbless'd with sense above their peers refined,
      Who shall stand up dictators to mankind?
        Nay, who dare shine, if not in virtue's cause?
          That sole proprietor of just applause.
      - Edward Young, Epistles to Mr. Pope
         (ep. II, From Oxford, l. 15)

For who can write so fast as men run mad?
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame
         (satire I, l. 286)

Some future strain, in which the muse shall tell
  How science dwindles, and how volumes swell.
    How commentators each dark passage shun,
      And hold their farthing candle to the sun.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame
         (satire VII, l. 95)

And then, exulting in their taper, cry, "Behold the Sun;" and, Indian-like, adore.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts (night II)


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